First Samuel 23 Commentary
“Don’t be afraid,” he said. “My father Saul will not lay a hand on you. You will be king over Israel, and I will be second to you. Even my father Saul knows this.” David was a jumbo jet in midair without fuel. The LORD attends to this crisis by sending Jonathan. We know this meeting at Horesh is the last time David’s heart is warmed by Jonathan’s tender yet brave spirit.
With hindsight, we can tell Jonathan’s prophetic word came true. Saul never laid his hand on David. And David became king over Israel. How sad we are that one piece of the prophecy had to wait in eternity. Jonathan would die not too long from this moment. This selfless love; this unmatched concern for a brother in need; and this bravery to vacate your own comfort zone and your own throne for another, is clearly a God thing wrapped in human appearance. Is it this what the LORD had intended for all? That by being in God’s image, we mirror His very character?
But not for King Saul. He is even blessing others in the name of the LORD while on a very ungodly mission. A human mind has a way to sanctify sin and find comfort in wrongdoing. Saul appears to have reached a point where he thought killing David would be a godly achievement. The will of the LORD can be a very delicate commodity. We are therefore impressed with David by his constant desire to consult the LORD.
Won’t life be easier for the saint this way? Should I resign from my job? If your wife casts doubt simply go back and ask again. Proceed and submit your resignation letter if the LORD says yes.
If you hear some disturbing news with the potential to cause harm, again approach the LORD and ask. Will the government increase taxes? If that happens, will my business survive?
Do we still need answers from the LORD for these questions?
For those who care to ask, the LORD does provide answers. For those who care to listen, the LORD does speak. For those who care to seek, the answers do come.
Had David’s life been ruled by fear, he would have easily taken his men’s reaction for an answer. David was serious about the question. It wasn’t meant to endorse his ready-made decision. This is something every saint must learn.
If you analyze your own prayers you will find many gaps. If there is a good opportunity, your prayer is, “let me have it”. Should it not rather be, “should I go for it or not”? If there is danger, prayer is the last thing you do. You begin by taking cover before you settle down to pray. Suppose the LORD didn’t want you to run away in the very first place?
We don’t ask. If we ask, we don’t listen. If we listen, we don’t believe. If we believe we don’t take action. David has a lot to teach us from this chapter.
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